Well, the first boxes are packed for the move!
Hurray! I dove in this morning and got four boxes packed from (sniff sniff) the craft room of course.
The last room in the house to be unpacked when we moved here... and now back into cardboard she goes....
As if I will have time for crafting in the next 8 weeks...and it's Christmas no less...(okay, now I feel the tears coming.)
But I can't do NOTHING, so here's a little pillowcase dress I pulled together a couple of weeks ago.
I know you've probably seen these before and there are tons of really good tutorials out there, so mine will probably be weak at best... but lets see if I can't put a smile on your face while we're at it....
My Version of a Pillowcase Dress:
Get rad pillowcases from your granny's stash or from the Sally Ann for .10 a pop.... oooooh ya!
Lay the pillowcase flat and measure your child from the top of her shoulder to how long you want the dress to be. I failed to do this, so I ended up with a pretty funky fit...
Once you have measured how long you want your dress to be, make a straight line across the dress and cut it, leaving a 2 inch allowance to create a casing. (this is where the elastic is going to go and make a pretty gathered neckline)
Once you've made the first cut, then you need to make sleeves. I didn't do this so well, but the general idea is to make arm holes by making a "J" shaped cut on either side of the cut you just made. I used a bowl to make a curved cut, and to make sure they were identical (good idea) but I made mine waaaaaaaay too big so that the dress actually fits like a gaping tunic (bad idea), but fits me like a shirt (sort of good idea if you can rock a pillowcase which.... the jury is still out on whether or not I can)
You will stitch the larger fold all the way through (the first 1/2 inch fold makes the fabric clean edged and tucked into the casing seam). You should end up with pretty little tunnels on the neck (front and back) of your dress.
Now you will want to measure and cut 6 inches of elastic. (if you are making a shirt for yourself, measure across your chest (above the bust from arm pit to armpit) and cut an elastic that is 1 inch less than that measurement)
sew sew cute. :)